Jul 202017
 

Fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation idolise Jean-Luc Picard as one of Starfleet’s most inspirational captains. An accomplished diplomat and tactician, he made a deep impression as commander of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D at a time of major upheavals in galactic history.

During an extraordinary career, he made contact with no fewer than 27 alien species, including the Ferengi, the Cardassians, the Q, and the Borg.

It was his capture by the Borg and transformation into Locutus of Borg that provided some of the most dramatic and memorable moments of the series.

Under its plan to assimilate Earth, the Borg famously informed the Federation that “resistance is futile… but welcome”. Picard was chosen to become an intermediary with the human race, and despite his refusal, was captured and embedded with cybernetic devices including a single, red laser ocular implant in order to undertake the role.

Picard’s assimilation allowed the Borg to acquire his knowledge and experience. However, the connection proved to be two-way. When the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D seized Locutus, they were able to use his link to disable and destroy the Borg’s vessel.

Star Trek: The Next Generation 30th Anniversary – 2017 1oz Silver Proof Coin

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation, which originally went to air in 176 episodes between 1987 and 1994. Judged by fans and critics to be a worthy successor to The Original Series, it remains one of the most admired series from the highly influential Star Trek franchise.

Struck from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver, this stunning collectable portrays Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s 30th anniversary logo. The design also includes references to the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D, and Locutus of Borg, the Borg designation forced upon Picard after his assimilation by the cybernetic species.

With global celebrations including cast reunions scheduled throughout 2017, the coin offers fans a stunning item of memorabilia limited by official mintage to just 3,000 pieces.

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May 042017
 

Mirror, Mirror was one of the most memorable and influential episodes from Star Trek: The Original Series.

Its fascination lay in the provocative concept of parallel universes. After all, many of us have wondered at one time or another whether humans can co-exist in parallel worlds. Half a century after Mirror, Mirror aired for the first time in 1967, Australian scientists proposed that parallel universes really exist, and that they interact!

The iconic episode opened with Kirk, McCoy, Uhura and Scott failing to secure a supply of dilithium crystals, essential for warp drive engines, from a humanoid race known as the Halkans. As they beam back aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, the transporter is affected by an ion storm, hurling the four officers into a mirror universe in which the Imperial Starship Enterprise is run on the basis of fear, torture, and assassination.

In Mirror, Mirror, a classic episode of Star Trek first seen in 1967, Captain James T. Kirk and three fellow officers are thrown into an alternative universe in which Spock has become a ruthless and malevolent character who wears an intimidating goatee beard. Picture courtesy of CBS Studios Inc.

Aboard the alternative starship they’re greeted by a malevolent incarnation of First Officer Spock, a servant of the repressive and violent Terran Empire. Spock’s striking makeover, in the form of a goatee beard, instantly alerts Kirk and company of their arrival in a strange and hostile world.

Nominated for a Hugo Award in 1968 as Best Dramatic Presentation, Mirror, Mirror inspired episodes of  Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Enterprise, and has been referenced and parodied in many other works. Although Spock’s beard provoked a range of views from die-hard fans of the show, it was so unforgettable that the episode is often recalled as “the one with Spock’s beard”.

Described as blending action, suspense, and Star Trek idealism, Mirror, Mirror was hailed for the performances of its lead actors. Needless to say, the heroes engineered a means of returning to their own universe, but not before challenging Mirror Spock about the futility of his role in the brutal Terran Empire. In one of his most memorable lines, he insists: “Terror must be maintained or the Empire is doomed.”

Nothing if not thought provoking, Mirror, Mirror is rightly considered to be one of the finest instalments from The Original Series.

2017 Star Trek: The Original Series – Mirror, Mirror 1oz Silver Proof Coin

In tribute to Mirror, Mirror, this new coin from our Star Trek coin program features a design portraying characterisations of Spock in both worlds. Between his profiles are Starfleet Command‘s famous Delta Badge featuring a sciences insignia, and the symbol of the Terran Empire represented by planet Earth bisected by a sword.

No more than 3,000 of these special collector releases will be issued, each housed in presentation packaging featuring a ring of blue light around the coin which illuminates when the lid is open.

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Oct 212016
 

Earlier releases from the Star Trek coin program portrayed Captain James T. Kirk and First Officer Spock. This new addition featuring a vividly coloured design celebrates the intrepid leaders once again, but this time alongside five other memorable crew members from the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701.

Struck from 2oz of 99.9% pure silver, the new coin is housed in a stunning replica of an original communicator – a palm held voice communications device that anticipated the development of the modern flip phone.

Characters featured for the first time on a coin from the Star Trek program comprise:

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy

tos_mccoyDespite an argumentative and sometimes cynical nature, Bones McCoy cared deeply for the crew members under his medical care. But it wasn’t only their physical well-being that concerned him. McCoy played his role as psychologist expertly to the hilt — especially for the ship’s two senior officers. As such an emotional watchdog he was not afraid to take on his captain, but it was his running battle of wits with Spock which became legendary.

Chief Engineer Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott

tos_scottyRenowned for his love of Scotch and the ability to play the bagpipes, Scotty was regarded as something of a miracle worker thanks to his engineering feats, which on more than one occasion saved the Enterprise. As well as getting the best out of the ship’s warp engines, Scotty was often called upon to ‘energize’ the ship’s transporter system, giving rise in popular culture to the phrase “Bean me up, Scotty”.

Chief Communications Officer Nyota Uhura

tos_uhuraResourceful, dependable and savvy, Nyota Uhura set a high bar for subsequent communications officers. It was not unusual to see her rewire or repair her own communications board during a crisis. But this pioneering female member of the crew was capable of much more. Not only was she trained to serve at the Enterprise helm, such was her confidence that she once assumed command of the starship and led a landing party to rescue senior male officers.

Navigator Pavel Andreievich Chekov

tos_chekovOne of the youngest officers aboard the Enterprise, Pavel Chekov was so full of brash assertions laced with his Russian ethnic pride and accomplishments that he became a good-natured joke among his superiors. Prone to hot-headed actions and romantic attachments, he was nevertheless a notable graduate of the Space Academy and a capable substitute for Spock at the science officer station when necessary.

Helmsman Hikaru Sulu

tos_suluSulu controlled both the speed and attitude of the Enterprise, as well as the ship’s weapon and shield systems. He was also an accomplished pilot of craft from many eras and cultures, piloting with little warm-up both an antique 20th century Earth helicopter and a Klingon Bird-of-Prey. Of Asian descent, Sulu was an active hobbyist with interests including fencing, botany, and the martial arts of his native culture.

BUY NOW: Star Trek: The Original Series – U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 Crew 2016 2oz Silver Proof Coin

Issued as legal tender of Tuvalu, no more than 5,000 of these superb collectables will be released.

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Sep 082016
 

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The first regular episode of Star Trek: The Original Series went to air on the 8 September 1966. Almost exactly 50 years later, The Perth Mint has released a special silver coin in the shape of the iconic delta shield badge seen on Star Trek uniforms and starships throughout the entire canon.

An incredible memento, the brand new 50th Anniversary Delta 1oz Silver Coin could be yours! Simply unscramble the following letters for your chance to win!

Clue: Famous catchphrase inspired by Star Trek: The Original Series.

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How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘September 2016 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 4 October 2016. Eligible entrants will be included in the free draw and the winner will be notified by telephone or email. Terms and conditions.

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August 2016 anagram competition winner: Congratulations Marcel Krawczyk of ACT for the correct answer of ‘Hawker Hurricane’.

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Sep 062016
 

The arrow head badge, otherwise known as the ‘delta shield’, has appeared on Star Trek uniforms and starships since the launch of The Original Series 50 years ago in 1966.

Delta_Badge_CommandThe first version was gold with a black border. Worn on the left breast of the tunic by all onboard the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701, its design included an inner symbol identifying the crew member’s department. For example, a star with an elongated top – as sported by Captain James T. Kirk – represented ‘command’.

The delta shield badge was adopted on all Starfleet uniforms and even though the design was evolved for subsequent series, it always maintained its distinctive shape. CBS and Paramount even devised variations to celebrate Star Trek’s major anniversaries and milestones – and this year is no exception!

To mark Star Trek‘s half-century, the special 2016 design portrays the number ’50’ and the ‘command’ symbol within the iconic delta shape.

Star Trek: The Original Series – 50th Anniversary Delta Coin

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In a remarkable minting feat, The Perth Mint has replicated the design as a delta-shaped coin made from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver. A must-have for collectors of Star Trek memorabilia, no more than 5,000 of these iconic pieces will be released worldwide, each housed in a space-age acrylic case.

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